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Nonprofit workshop: Grantwriting for Beginners

Posted By Nora Ellertsen, The Funding Seed, LLC, Friday, August 21, 2015

Nonprofit workshop:
Grantwriting for Beginners 
Thursday, September 10
2:00-4:30 p.m.
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans

Details and registration


Are you involved with a non-profit?  
Does your job require you to raise funds for your department or position?  
Do you want to add a valuable skill to your resume?


Consider grantwriting!


Click to register

Grantwriting for Beginners is an engaging workshop that gives you the basic tools you need to start writing grants.  Participants will learn how to find funding opportunities, tools and tips for writing proposals and ways to make a program competitive for repeat funding.

Attendees will receive a certificate of participation after completing the workshop.

Registration $35 per person.  Discounts available for students, AmeriCorps and organizations registering two or more people.

For more on workshops and other services offered by The Funding Seed, visit
Email to inquire about discount codes or to reserve your space and pay at the door.

Tags:  donations  donors  fund development  fund raising  funding  Fundraising  grants  grantwriting  louisiana  New Orleans  nonprofit  non-profits  sustainability  training  workshop  workshop. grants 

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FREE webinar on how to make your fundraising communications irresistible

Posted By Kris H. Rutledge, CausePlanet, Tuesday, August 18, 2015

LANO members:


How do you include stories and calls to action in your fundraising appeals? How should you adjust your writing style to really engage donors? 


Find answers to these questions and more when you have a chance to interview fundraising communications expert Jeff Brooks. Here are some other areas he will cover:

  • What kind of content should you include when asking donors for money?
  • What are some design techniques that help a donor read your communications?
  • How do you focus on donor-centric communication?

Join us!

Join CausePlanet founder Denise McMahan and expert Jeff Brooks, author of The Fundraiser’s Guide to Irresistible Communications: Real-World Field-Tested Strategies for Raising More Money, for this exclusive interview on Thursday, September 24, at 11:00 Central Time.


Register now for this FREE webinar for all LANO members. (The link requires LANO network sign-in to register.) This opportunity is generously provided thanks to the support of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation.


See more


See more with the Page to Practice™ summary of Brooks’ book.


Simply log in at the top right corner of CausePlanet’s home page ( and fill in your registered email with LANO and “Password1”. Click on “Summary Library” to see The Fundraiser’s Guide to Irresistible Communications and other titles.


Tags:  author interview  CausePlanet  Page to Practice  webinar 

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"An Evening with Superintendent Drake"

Posted By Kali Johnson, Solid Ground Innovations, Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Our Schools...Our Excellence (OSOE) is a community-led movement with a single purpose: to foster an environment that creates excellent educational outcomes for children attending schools in North Baton Rouge.


Our philosophy is clear. We believe every child, regardless of location or socioeconomic status, deserves an excellent education. Further, the best way to have a real and measurable impact on student achievement is for community members, parents and students to come together and develop shared goals and create a comprehensive strategy that is specific to the needs of North Baton Rouge.


Thus, on Thursday, August 27th, OSOE is hosting “An Evening with Superintendent Drake” at Star Hill Church from 6pm until 7:15pm. This event is  purposed to give us, the community, great insight on Superintendent Drake's vision for our North Baton Rouge schools and students. On several occasions, Superintendent Drake has spoken about increasing the quality of education at every school and placing top talent in every classroom, both mandates in OSOE’s Community Compact. Thus, we believe this meeting is both a necessary and beneficial opportunity for us to learn how we can work together to see this collective vision come to pass.

Please make plans to attend and also share this opportunity with your network. Let's begin this school year with a bang! RSVP to

Tags:  Baton Rouge  community  education  education reform  educators  excellence  family  schools  students  teachers  youth 

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Volunteer Management Traning Series

Posted By SusanDelle Shaffette, DOVIA New Orleans, Thursday, August 13, 2015

DOVIA New Orleans is hosting a Volunteer Management Training Series on the Northshore. Volunteer directors, staff coordinators, team leaders, faith based groups and more can benefit from this exceptional opportunity in September 2015.

Emphasis will be placed on learning the steps to successful volunteer program development; developing volunteer recruitment and supervision skills; and planning ways to improve existing volunteer programs.

For more information and to register, please visit our website,

Tags:  event  nonprofit sector  non-profits  training  volunteers 

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Refelctions of the Storm - Forces for Good

Posted By Barbara Auten, Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area, Inc., Saturday, August 08, 2015

It's been ten years since Katrina changed the landscape of Louisiana and all the lives of those who called it home.  I remember returning from the evacuation feeling lucky that my home was not significantly damaged but saw great suffering around me.  I still had a job at Christ the King Parish School and immediately went to work to help reopen the school.  It was one of the first schools to reopen and my greatest worry was that the families would not be able to cope with the stress ahead.  Many didn't ... one neighbor's dad hung himself after he lost everything, another neighbor committed suicide because she just couldn't cope, and my husband took the gun from yet another neighbor who was considering killing his family and himself after he and his wife both lost their jobs and could no longer afford their house.  

Everyone touched has a story and telling them remains therapeutic.  It was a surreal time for all of us but the reality that emerged was that the nonprofits serving nearly everyone were the heroes; the Forces for Good.  The Red Cross was there serving meals, providing evacuees with clothing, food, and funds for housing.  A multitude of human service nonprofits were assisting evacuees with the stresses of what had become daily life as well as filing paperwork and connecting them with resources.   St. Vincent DePaul and Goodwill were providing clothing, meals, and furniture. The Baton Rouge Area Foundation assisted the Greater New Orleans Foundation to mobilize resources.   Everywhere you turned there were nonprofits assisting in the recovery and responding more quickly than the state or federal government. They used every resource they had and more not knowing where the funds would come from, they just got it done.  Nonprofits across the state and southeast reached out to families that remained evacuated or had to start new lives outside of New Orleans. 

In remembering Hurricanes Katrina and Rita we need to honor these organizations.  They made it possible for so many to come home and rebuild. They are a Force for Good that I for one, am so grateful for their service to Louisiana's people.


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Reflections of the Storms – Force for Good Stories

Posted By Kelly Pepper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Friday, August 07, 2015

Dear Friends, 

When I returned to Louisiana over thirteen years ago, I went in search of an apartment in New Orleans that was within walking distance of my job.  I looked at a lot of different places but one place that really interested me was a carriage house in the French Quarter.  As a girl from Baton Rouge, a little pied à terre in the Quarter was exciting.  I had just moved back from New York City so I was accustomed to “quaint” apartments. 

It was a beautiful space with lots of light, located on Dumaine – available for a great price!  The only conditions were that each night at 9:00pm, the voodoo walking tour presented by The New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum gathered in the courtyard, and my neighbor was a world renowned voodoo priest, we'll call him JT, who lived with his collection of over 10 large python snakes.

Though I decided not to take the apartment, my visit with JT is one I will always remember for a number of reasons. As I left, JT told me that he was glad that I was able to come home to Louisiana but he thought it was important to tell me that things would be changing.  He told me that soon New Orleans would see a storm, a storm like we had never seen and that the city would never be the same…

In 2005, Louisiana suffered two great storms:  Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita.The impact of these storms was beyond what anyone could have foreseen.

So many individuals, nonprofit organizations and corporations came to the rescue and aid of the victims of the storms. There was not an area of our state untouched, or unchanged.

We would like the opportunity to hear about how some of the nonprofit organizations in Louisiana assisted you.  We want to celebrate the hope, compassion, service and dedication of these organizations.  Do you have a Force for Good Story?  Tell us. We will feature a new story each week on our home page and in our weekly planner through September 10th.

We are looking forward to hearing your Force For Good Stories. Click here to submit your story. 



President & CEO



 My dog, Frances Marie, a Katrina Rescue thanks to Capital Animal Welfare Society!


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2015 LANO Conference, Force for Good Awards Luncheon, and Annual Meeting

Posted By Jessica A. Erwin, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Monday, August 03, 2015


The Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO) is pleased to announce its 2015 Conference on October 22 and 23 at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge. Keynote Steven D. Zimmerman, CPA, MBA will lead this intensive, two-day conference focused on financial management. Steve is the Principal of Spectrum Nonprofit Services and the author of of the book Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability. Steve also writes the Finance and Strategy column for Blue Avocado, an online magazine for nonprofits. Steve's full bio is available here.


In additional to Steve's facilitated discussions and workshops, the conference includes the Force for Good Awards Luncheon recognizing Louisiana’s outstanding nonprofits and nonprofit leaders; breakout sessions covering a variety of topics beyond financial management; and LANO’s Annual Meeting


October 22
9:00-10:00 a.m.            Networking, registration and breakfast
10:00-10:15 a.m.          Welcome remarks; sponsor recognition
10:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.   Opening session facilitated by Steve Zimmerman
12:00-1:00 p.m.            LANO 
Force for Good Awards Luncheon*
1:30-2:30 p.m.              Breakout sessions I
2:45-3:45 p.m.              Breakout sessions II
4:00-5:00 p.m.              LANO Annual Meeting
5:00-6:00 p.m.              Cocktail Reception

October 23
8:30-9:00 a.m.              Networking and breakfast
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.    General Session featuring Steve Zimmerman
12:00-1:00 p.m.            Lunch to go or optional LANO 101 Session 


Members: $185 (includes awards luncheon)
Non-members: $250 (includes awards luncheon)
Luncheon only: $35 (registration link at bottom of page)

Coming soon!


Preferred Hotel

LANO is delighted to partner with the Crowne Plaza Hotel to offer discounted room rates to our members. To reserve your room, use the group code ANO (note: no L) on the hotel's website - or call 1-800-678-4065. 


Venue and Directions
Pennington Biomedical Research Center is located at 6400 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge. The conference will be held inside the C.B. Pennington, Jr. Building. Enter the campus through the Kenilworth entrance. Follow the driveway  and parking lot signs to the C.B. Pennington, Jr. Building.


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Tags:  annual meeting  conference  financial management  Force for Good  LANO conference  Steve Zimmerman 

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Change Brings New Opportunities at LANO

Posted By Kelly Pepper, Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Friday, July 31, 2015


Dear Friends,

As a nonprofit leader it can be challenging to find really exceptional people to fill positions within your organization. At LANO we consider ourselves very lucky to have had amazing people throughout these sixteen years do outstanding work on behalf of the nonprofit sector in Louisiana.

It’s important that we support great talent to find or create new opportunity – it only strengths our community.  And we are very excited that our LANO team member Fairleigh Cook Jackson (Director of Member Services) has accepted the Executive Director position with LANO member organization Foundation for Historical Louisiana.

With this announcement comes an opportunity to reshape LANO to further meet the needs of our members. We have completed a strategic restructuring and are adding the full time position of Business Development Manager and part time position of Operations Manager to support our members and the Director of Member Services.

If you know of anyone who might be a great addition to our team, please encourage them to look at the LANO Career Center for more information.




Kelly Pepper, President & CEO



Tags:  career center  jobs  LANO  member services 

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Best Practices for Appealing Magellan Claims

Posted By Lois Rogers, LMC Dynamics, LLC, Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, July 21, 2015


Best Practices for Appealing Magellan Claims

 July 21, 2015

     Now that the Louisiana Behavioral Health Partnership LBHP is coming to an end, it is imperative that Providers with past due receivables move forward in the Recovery process.  After several submissions to Magellan, and constant denials, providers at some point must APPEAL!  Many of these cases can be paid by Magellan if the APPEALS are effective. 

      LMC Dynamics can assist providers with the appeals process by:

  • Scrubbing all paper files and reviewing all electronic claim records
  • Communicating effectively with key personnel at Magellan
  • Making  compelling cases on Appeals which will drive positive outcomes for the Providers


Contact Information:

LMC Dynamics, LLC

Attn:   Lois Rogers


ph:  985-774-7320







Tags:  Adjudication  Appeals  Claims  Electronice Claim Files  LBPH  LMC Dynamics  Magellan 

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A Checklist of Duties with Tax and Governance Implications

Posted By Celeste Viator, Hannis T. Bourgeois, LLP, Monday, July 27, 2015


Managing a not-for-profit organization can be very rewarding, but few people will say it's easy.  The list of tasks to perform and areas that require strict oversight never seem to end.  Here is a chart to help you organize and monitor some key tax and governance points your organization can't afford to overlook.




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